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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot

I received this book for free in exchange for a review. However all opinions are my own. 

Before kids, I used to read all the time. Now I hardly ever get the chance to sit down and read a book - I only read one book in 2013 and that was only because I was able to read in the evenings when I was out of town for work once. You cannot believe how excited I was when I found out I was getting the opportunity to review a book because it meant that I would finally get a chance to take the time read.

While I do read history books for fun, I usually lean towards chic lit when reading. But, in an effort to expand my horizons, I decided to read A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot, the story of Eliot Mooney. Eliot is the son of Matt and Ginny, who found out when Ginny was 30 weeks pregnant that Eliot had Trisomy 18. Most of us know that Trisomy 21 is also known as Down Syndrome and that it's possible for many born with Trisomy 21 to live until adulthood. But almost all of those born with Trisomy 18 don't make it past the first week of life. If they're born at all. Eliot lived for 99 days.

Matt takes us through Ginny's pregnancy, Eliot's life and his and Ginny's life after Eliot's passing. As a mother parent, I cannot imagine the anguish they must have gone through and how much they miss their son, though Matt does a really good job of explaining how they felt. Through it all, they never lost their faith. If I want to be perfectly honest, I don't know if I could do it if I lost a child. 

There are so many things that hit home with me due to my recent loss of my grandmother and I am so glad that I read this book when I did. Regardless if you have personally experienced loss, you will learn something from Eliot.

I'm an Off the Shelf blogger, a program from Beacon Hill Press the leading provider of Christian books. Basically, I get to review their books. It's not something I talk about much, but one of the things I am wanting to do this year is strengthen my faith and this is a great way to do so in addition to making the commitment to attend and become more active in our church.


  1. I feel like a lot of people terminate the pregnancy if/when they find out the child they are carrying has Trisomy 18. It would take a lot of courage to carry a baby with Trisomy 18 to term, knowing that he or she would not live long, but I have also read that people say it was worth it just to hold their child in their arms, even for just a couple of minutes.

  2. Stories like this are always so sad, hard to read and yet, can be uplifting at the same time. I think we can all speculate as to what we would do, but we would never know for sure unless we experienced it.

  3. Very true. It's incredibly sad but it's also really empowering to read all that Matt and Ginny learned from their time with Eliot. They state that you should focus on the now because you'll miss it if you don't. I think that in theory we all know this, but they truly learned the meaning of this sentiment. After reading the book, I've definitely been spending more time focusing on the now.

  4. I agree. When I was pregnant, we knew that we weren't terminating the pregnancy regardless and we were lucky that nothing was wrong with either kiddo. Horribly selfish to say, but I'm so glad that we haven't (yet) had to go through something like this. I knew someone who terminated her pregnancy after finding out something was wrong with the baby after 20 weeks. I cannot imagine the anguish she probably goes through every day.

  5. My first was a unplanned c-section because of breech presentation. He is sensitive and independent, but I don't think he is needy or tempermental. My second was a VBAC it was a healing birth for myself. I was rather loud, not screaming or yelling but loud moaning. My second son moans/grunts and is overall loud when he is excited. Personality wise he is a calm and content baby, maybe a calm pregnancy is the reason?
    I have wondered about this as well, thanks for bringing this topic up. :)

  6. I always wonder how people who have been through devastating losses manage to keep their faith.

  7. What a beautiful message this book offers those who read it! Thank you for the review!

  8. Sounds about like my kids! My pregnancy with my son was stressful and his birth was so awful I developed PTSD from it. Ewan is very high strung, demanding and very attached to Alan. My pregnancy with Cecily on the other hand was much less stressful, her birth was amazing and she's very laid back and attached to me.

  9. I have too and while he doesn't really answer that question, he states that he became much closed to God because of Eliot's life and death.

  10. There could be a correlation. My sister's first pregnancy was really tough on her, she ended up having a c-section, and my little niece is very high strung and independent. She was also colicky.

  11. I think there definitely could be something to this. I didn't have a traumatic birth or anything, but my daughter was born via c-section and she is very independent, but can also be Little Miss Sensitive. But, that could also be because she's a toddler now and I'm thoroughly convinced toddlers are bipolar. ;)


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